CIA team visits Osama hideout; searches for over six hours

A CIA forensic team has carried out an extensive search of slain al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden`s Abbottabad hideout hunting for concealed chambers where he might have stashed his terror blueprints.

Islamabad: A CIA forensic team has
carried out an extensive search of slain al Qaeda chief Osama
bin Laden`s Abbottabad hideout hunting for concealed chambers
where he might have stashed his terror blueprints.

The CIA team which flew to the spot in a helicopter
scoured the three storied complex for more than six hours in
the compound, `The Dawn` reported.

According to the report, police and other sources did
not confirm the visit, but `The Express Tribune` quoting their
sources said that more than five CIA forensic experts were
flown into Abbottabad.

The team scoured the heavily-guarded compound in Bilal
Town for an hour for additional clues, for example, evidence
hidden in walls or buried under floors or elsewhere in the
compound.

Sleuths of Pakistan`s spy agencies accompanied the CIA
experts who reportedly used sophisticated equipment to scour
the compound, looking for clues, the report said.

Police was tasked to make a second cordon 600 feet
away from the bin Laden compound.

Media persons were barred from covering the trip and
television cameramen were not allowed to film the compound
even from a distance. The visit comes after Pakistani
authorities granted the Pentagon`s request to allow CIA
experts to visit the compound where bin Laden had reportedly
lived undetected for years.

Yesterday`s visit by the CIA team was first for
the agency sleuths to enter a complex that it had previously
scrutinised only from a distance, using satellites, stealth
drones and spies operating from a nearby safe house before bin
Laden was killed in the operation undertaken by US Navy SEALS
commandos on May 2.

PTI

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